"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
John F. Kennedy
Fenwick offers countless opportunities to develop leadership skills through numerous co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Opportunities arise to gain lifelong skills through the various student government branches - class officers, homeroom representatives, team leaders, etc. In addition, leadership opportunities present themselves in many organization, including these listed here:
The National Honor Society is an organization which honors students who are outstanding in scholarship, leadership, service and character. The Faculty Council chooses the students; the students do not apply.
The requirements for membership in the National Honor Society are as follows:
A minimum scholastic average of 4.0 (This average is determined by adding the weighted values for all of the major courses the student is taking in accordance with the national regulations.)
The Faculty Council evaluates how well the candidates meet the other three requirements of service, leadership and character. Definitive criteria i.e. school records, letters of recommendation, and an essay submitted by the candidate are used by the Faculty Council for their determinations.
Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.
Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourseful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitude about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.
The National Honor Society publicly recognizes students for academic achievement, provides academic scholarships, encourages and provides opportunities for community service and re-enforces the spirit of friendship and cooperation within the school community.
The Student Activity Council is led by students who are elected by the student body. The purpose of the Council is to promote student activities, foster school spirit and social interaction. All activities sponsored by the Student Activity Council are conducted on school grounds. Any student is welcome to participate in helping to plan and run school activities.
Campus Ministry plans and participates in many activities throughout the year. Some activities are required for a particular class such as the freshman and sophomore days of retreats and service and the senior service projects prior to graduation. We encourage all students to participate in activities and to use their time and talents to help the Fenwick community and the community at large.
The Peer Leadership program is a hands on, leadership skills training program. The goal of peer leadership training is to develop a group of students, trained in leadership skills, who choose to use their talents and skills to help others. Students are welcome to apply to be a leader in their sophomore year. Students are required to attend the training sessions offered.
The Help Desk is for students who enjoy computers and want to learn more about how to use them, how they work and ultimately how to repair them. It is also for students who like to share their knowledge and are willing to staff a Help Desk in the Library or computer room to help other students, faculty and staff that may need assistance on the computers during the course of the day.